The 2017 Toyota Camry Has a Painful Design Flaw
(That picture is not of a Camry, in case you didn't know. Read on and you'll get it.)
I recently had my trusty 2000 Avalon in the body shop of the local Toyota dealership for repairs. The shop had cars for rent, and they were all Toyotas, of course. They didn't have any hybrids (my first choice), nor did they have Avalons, so they put me in a Camry, which was the closest thing.
Okay, let me just say, I love my car. It's 17 years old, but I bought it new and have taken care of it. I do realize that it might need to be replaced within the next few years, as parts DO get old and wear out, and this was a good opportunity to "test drive" a new model. Honestly, I was unimpressed. Sure the car had more updated tech than mine, but that actually amounted ONLY to a backup camera, a UPS port, and touchscreen controls. However, it also seemed really cheap, full of plastic and with cloth upholstery, whereas I have wood trim (or at least something that looks like wood) and leather. I know, that's a matter of trimline, and I'm sure I could get those options in a new Camry, but my car handled better (smoother steering), and I doubt that would be an option.
Those might be personal quibbles, but here's the biggest problem: After I'd had the car a couple of days, I noticed a horizontal bruise on my leg, about mid-calf. I wasn't sure how I'd gotten it until the next time I got into the car--owwww! Turns out that the chassis of the car sticks out at the bottom of the door, rather than tapering under, leaving a bit of a ledge when the door is open. Since I tend to enter the car with one leg first (doesn't everyone?), the other leg tended to bump against this ledge before I pulled it in. There really wasn't any different way to get into the car, short of jumping through the window like the Duke boys, so I tried to do it as gently as possible. Nevertheless, over the days, the damage added up, and my leg got pretty sore. So, when my car was finally ready two weeks later, my relief at being back in it was considerable!
Now, I am grateful for ONE thing; the amount of time that I had the car allowed me to find out about this issue. It's not something I would have noticed on a single test drive; it was the accumulated damage that alerted me to the design problem. If I'd actually purchased a new Camry, I wouldn't have any choice but to return it...or start getting used to jumping through the window!
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